So funnily enough not from a Chinese leak (which is news in itself today), it turns out that Watch Dogs 2 seem to be following the trend that titles ending in a 2 seem to be taking in recent times, with their first week of sales on consoles being disappointingly low despite decent reviews across the board. It has fallen way behind it’s predecessors first week and was unable to take last week's top spot on the sales charts.
This is definitely food for thought as it is very much out of character for a sequel not to outsell its predecessor, as usually they have the same player base from the first plus the organic growth that one can expect from an original title. If you want the numbers, not much can be said with 100% certainty, but it is known that Watch Dogs 2 has failed to knock Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare off the top spot for last week. If you want a general idea, using the fact that Call Of Duty’s sales have gone down 46% and other tidbits of information, people have worked out that Watch Dogs 2’s sales would be around 80 thousand for their first week. Which when you think Watch Dogs was at over four times as much at 380 thousand after its first week, it makes you wonder what’s changed.
Ubisoft has issued a statement stating that they are happy with reviews, recognise the current trend with sequels and expect it to have a longer ‘tail’ of sales as word of mouth spreads and the player base grows, but there would have to be a considerable jump over the next couple of weeks to rectify this. Not impossible with the PC version not being out as of yet, but then not a guarantee. Watch Dogs 2 will be coming to PC on the 29th of November if you didn’t know.
We’ll just have to see how the next couple of weeks pan out for the title. Hopefully better, as otherwise there’s a worry that the gaming market has changed which might lead to a drastic change in a sequels likelihood. If having a successful first game isn’t always likely to give a successful sequel, are developers going to make them as much? A possible worry for some of our favourite games we’re waiting on a sequel for.
What do you think of this whole thing? Do you think they’re doing something wrong? Or just that not everyone has enough money to buy multiple triple A games all at once (there has been a lot recently)? Are you going to buy it on PC or otherwise? Tell us what you think in the comments.